Get to know B. (as in Bailey) McDonald Therapy (& the therapist, too).
The passion and purpose that drives B. McDonald Therapy is to help each and every client - no matter what has happened in the past - build an enduring foundation for a happy, healthy, manageable and productive life (even in an uncertain world); a life that isn't defined or overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, shame, or failure; a life that matters and has value (even in moments of fear); and that can, at the same time, be lived on the individual's terms.
The goal is to assist clients in strengthening their own unique sense of self while helping them gain the knowledge and skill to construct such a life worth living - and to do this in a validating, non judgmental, collaborative way.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
- Maya Angelou
Individual therapy for adults
Individual therapy for adolescents
Consultation to professionals (seminars, educational workshops & in-service meetings)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (EXRP or ERP)
Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy (ComB)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
It all started with an elective psychology class in undergrad at University of South Carolina, which began my path of a major in psychology. (Originally, I was going to major in business. It was my dream to own an antique shop...)
I had always been emotional and sensitive myself. After majoring in psychology and finding I had a passion for working with and helping people, I knew I had to continue my studies in human behavior and emotion. I applied to graduate programs that focused on clinical social work; and I wrote my entrance essay to New York University on suicide and suicidality, where I was accepted and attended.
I had amazing experiences in New York working with others; especially with populations I hadn't experienced before, such as clients struggling with heroin addiction in Spanish Harlem in a methadone maintenance clinic, and underprivileged children in Chinatown. After graduating with a Master of Social Work in 1998, I moved back to Greenville, SC to share all that I had learned with my hometown, and to continue to find and develop my niche.
I began my career at Anderson, Oconee, Pickens Mental Health working with Children and Adolescents. A few years after, I joined the staff at Marshall Pickens Psychiatric hospital, where I worked with geriatric adults, adults, children and adolescents in inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. It was an amazing learning experience and I am thankful for the relationships with colleeagues and mentors I formed there.
But, I continued to want to expand my experience. In 2004, I was asked to join Three Springs DBT Group to provide the Standard DBT Program developed by Marsha Lineham. Over the next decade, I intensively trained in DBT, and developed a sub-specialty working with clients who struggled with OCD and Anxiety Disorders. I decided I wanted to branch out and begin to get more education and training specific to OCD and Anxiety Disorders.
After years of experience in other in- and out-patient treatment environments with children, adolescents and families, I knew I wanted to provide DBT-informed therapy, and to further explore, train and specialize in the treatment of anxiety and OCD Spectrum Disorders.
So, I took the leap (even though I was really anxious and scared). I've been on my own as B. McDonald Therapy, LLC since 2013, and I have loved it. It’s been fun and interesting to treat a wide variety of issues with well researched and evidence based methods! I love learning and continuing to grow my knowledge and skill so I can better serve my clients. I regularly attend continuing education trainings, am involved in my state Clinical Social Work Society, attend OCD conferences and am a member of the IOCDF. In addition to my training in DBT and ERP, I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT-said as the word, not as the letters). My goal as a therapist is to help my clients to grow themselves, their skills, their connection with self and others and to not depend on therapy. I teach my clients how to do these things so they can be independent and follow their own path.
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Annual Conference
Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy Intensive Training Institute
DBT & Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
(w/ Linehan trainer Melanie Harned, PhD)
Anxiety & Depression Association of America Annual Conference
ERP Therapy for OCD Intensive Training
(w/ University of Pennsylvania: Center for the Treatment & Study of Anxiety, & Edna Foa, PhD)
CBT-Based Treatment for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Professional Training Institute w/ Drs. Charles Mansueto & Fred Penzel)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training
(w/ Marsha Linehan trainers)
San Francisco, CA
DBT Emotion Regulation Training
(w/ Marsha Linehan, PhD)
Numerous 2- and 3-day trainings on DBT & other empirically-based therapies
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Annual Conference
Assistant to Reid Wilson w/ his 3-day OCD/Anxiety Intensive Treatment Group
Pediatric Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy Intensive Training w/ the Behavior Therapy Training Institute
New York, NY
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intensive 2-day Training with DJ Moran, PhD
12-session ACT Webinar Series w/ various ACT experts
ACT II w/ Steven Hayes, PhD
ACT for Social Work w/ Matthew Boone, LCSW
It is my policy that fees are paid at time of service. I do NOT FILE insurance, but you may file your claims on your own. It is your responsibility to handle your insurance claims and know your policy’s requirements. If you have an unpaid balance you will not be eligible to receive services until it is paid. If you do not pay your bill, you may be turned into a collection agency.
ATTENDANCE & CANCELLATIONS
If you are late, I will be happy to see you for the time that remains for your appointment. If you will be late, please notify me (864-248-6012), as I cannot guarantee I will be in my office 15 minutes after the time of our scheduled time. I ask for a 24-hour notice if you cannot keep a scheduled appointment. Clients who miss an appointment without giving 24-hour notice will be responsible for the full session charge. All manually entered credit cards will incur a $5 fee.
You (and others) have a right to confidentiality. Info shared with me during your visits, whether written or spoken, will be held in confidence and will be handled in accordance with the HIPAA act of 1996. As needed and, in order to facilitate your treatment, you will be asked to sign a Release of Information consenting for us to both give and receive information to and from designated others.
80 - 90 minutes
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSION
45 - 50 minutes
SESSION W/ FAMILY OR FRIENDS
40 - 50 minutes
EXPOSURE & RESPONSE PREVENTION THERAPY
LETTERS, PAPERWORK, CONSULTATIONS
SUPPORT SYSTEM POLICY
I provide individual treatment to one identified client (you). I will rarely include friends or family in therapy, nor will I talk with or communicate with others without client’s consent and most often being present. While I realize this is difficult for support systems, it is what I believe protects the therapeutic relationship. If you decide you would like for me to communicate with your support system we will come up with a plan collaboratively.
I am very willing to collaborate with your medical professionals. I am not a medical doctor, and therefore do not prescribe medications. However, if it seems appropriate, I may refer you for a medical consult. In addition I may refer you or your support system to additional therapy services in the community to enhance your treatment with me. I will make every effort to give your friends and family members referrals to help support them in supporting you.
B. McDonald Therapy is an outpatient setting, and therefore is not crisis-oriented. If you are ever in crisis, please call the crisis line (864-277-8888); contact your psychiatrist/physician; or go to the nearest emergency room to be assessed. You may also find these other related resources helpful.